The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement invites you to attend our upcoming conference, Science and Engineering for Social Good. This conference will be held at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta on February 9-11, 2018, and is presented in partnership with Georgia Tech, Stony Brook University, and The SUNY Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). The content will be directed toward meeting the needs of faculty, future faculty, staff and administrators.
Many of the pressing global issues and problems of our time, including health, energy and the environment, infrastructure, security, and economic development have significant scientific and technological dimensions. In order to meet the challenges, interdisciplinary approaches—bringing together STEM, the arts/humanities, global knowledge, and a diversity of people and ideas—must be at the core of education and work in this 21st century. In this conference, we will explore strategies to build holistic approaches to education—for both STEM and non-STEM majors (e.g,. STEM-enhanced liberal arts). In addition, we will explore the implications of such highly interdisciplinary and global approaches for education, and the increasingly diverse and global workforce.
Leading experts will focus on programs, strategies, and tools for building highly interdisciplinary STEM/STEM-related programs—for majors and non-majors. Four cross-cutting approaches will be illustrated through SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities), Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) (Georgia Tech), Serve-Learn-Sustain (Georgia Tech), and LSAMP (research and practice in diversity in STEM). Participants will examine each of these cross-cutting approaches in the context of one of the following areas: engineering and technology education, energy and the environment, and medicine and health. As an outcome for the work, each participant should draft a tentative plan as to how the knowledge gained might be used to design/redesign a course, curriculum, or special project that embodies the holistic approach to STEM education and/or the work environment.